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I’ve been reading through some selected quotes on Rogue Moon from the O’Reilly P2P Conference earlier this month. This comment by Dan Bricklin really clicked with me:

“When you’re designing something, think of how its value will grow with use… It is possible to build systems where additional use and new users bring value to all – and P2P is the key in many cases.” -Dan Bricklin, co-creator of Visicalc, writer, and software designer

Thinking about it, I’m realizing that all the ‘killer apps’ of the last couple of centuries are about building systems whose value increases with use.

Think about Napster or the Web or email… or the Telephone or the automobile or the stock market… or printed money… or printing in general…

…or written history – oral history for that matter…

…or language in general…

They’re all killer apps. They all increase in value with increased use…

And they’re all decentralized P2P apps. I think it’s human nature that’s at work here, and not marketing spins, not eyeball counts, not patents, politics or placation – just our inate need for social interaction, which is necessarily confined by the environment in which we live.

(And don’t even get me started on the potential recursions…)

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If you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been posting much here recently, it’s not because I have a new drug habit. ;): Smile!

Rather, it’s because I’ve been working really hard on the software behind this site. (Yes, it’s an excuse, but at least the results make for a good read.)

Eventually I plan to flow some of the content that’s currently headed that direction towards this page, but for the moment, I’m focussing on getting the software right.

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The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) works to keep the world’s coral reefs alive and healthy. The site was recently converted to Manila and is edited mainly with Radio Userland. We now have our own news channel and multiple site editors. Go Userland. Go Jake..!..The more y’all hone your product the better my site gets. I love it.

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Leander Kahney of Wired News wrote an article about how I used Google to recover my website after an unfortunate incident of sudden drive death: Cache at the End of His Rainbow

Dave says, “Jake, you make UserLand look smart. You can quote me on that.” (So I am.)

I just got a call from c|net Radio — I’m doing an interview with them at 2:15 this afternoon…

Update: Here’s the archived audio in RealAudio or Windows Media Player format. They’re good for 24 hours. The interview starts a little less than 7 minutes in.

I thought my 15 minutes of fame were over when the band split up! ;): Smile!

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While taking a break from work, I had a little fun with taglines tonight. Here’s the tagline for a new site inspired by today’s Scripting News:

Bionic news feeds from Jake’s desktop, through Manila, to you!

(Remember Lee Majors?)

Jake’s Brainpan has a new tagline too…

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For your holiday enjoyment, here are some Christmas links:

A Christmas Carol
An Online Christmas Songbook
Christmas Around the World
Christmas Central
Christmas in Hawai’i
How Christmas Works
NY Times: The Christmas Eclipse
Santa Panic
Santa’s Secret Village
Surfin’ Christmas

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Following up on Dave’s “weird”ness theme of the last couple of days, here’s something from Dr. Dobb’s Journal that I think is weird – A Linux filesystem in a SQL database???:

Dike is currently working on extending the virtual filesystem—hostfs—to allow remote mounting of directories without root permissions on either end. He wants to be able to make non-filesystems on the host look like filesystems on the virtual machine. “As a proof of concept, I’m thinking about dumping a filesystem into a SQL database and booting the virtual machine off the database,” he says. “This might be nothing but a cute trick, but it would have the side-effect of allowing a user inside the virtual machine to do SQL queries on the filesystem to do instantly what would take a long time with utilities like find.”

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